Author: Kitchen Kitchie Koo
This is not about fancy recipes, but easy to do food stuffs– from a non-chef but avid cook like me. I try to cook during weekends, mostly making sunday brunches extra special. What you see is what we eat.

Everybody’s Cafe is my Cafe, too!

Basta Kapampangan, manyaman (masarap)! Says my new tote bag; a gift from Irene, my friend and partner-in-food-crime. Such is the pride of Kapampangans for their cuisine. Cooking is such a treasured legacy that well-guarded recipes are passed on from generation to generation. Nothing could be truer than Everybody’s Café, a…

Do the poqui-poqui!

  Folks who have not been properly introduced to this lovely Ilocano dish, initially give a snicker at the sound of its name. Soon after, they forget the humor and remember how enjoyable it was. I’m happy eating this alone, but definitely happier with another Ilocano…

Gaya-gaya Puto Maya!

Gaya-gaya Puto Maya! Folks of my circa would remember this– Filipino limericks that kids would shout at play. We teased playmates gaya-gaya putomaya (copycat!) but never knew what putomaya was. On my first ever trip to Davao sometime back, I found out it was neither a puto (steamed rice…

My Binondo Chicken

  No, this is not an ode to ABS CBN’s Binondo Girl. But this recipe will remind you of those roasted chicken in Chinatown. I remember as a child, we would buy roasted chicken, packed in a box. I also remember row upon row of them skewered…

Bonuelos. Bite-size snacks even kids can make!

Bonuelos, of Spanish origins, is also popular in other Latin American countries. Simply put, it is fritters—but this recipe differs from the everyday pinoy fare of maruya. Maruya is when a slice of saba/cooking banana is dipped in batter and pan fried. I grew up with this…

Baguio Bites

We made it a point to eat in places that are “ownable” to Baguio—NO to fast food, NO to Manila-based restos. My shortlist included the relatively new Hill Station, “walang kamatayang” Café by the Ruins and PNKY Bed and Breakfast. In general, we enjoyed the offerings…

Absolutely Delighted in Davao!

I went to Davao for work and admittedly, I used my free time for “me-time” so I can discover places and food finds. Because my stay was short, I had to create my itinerary that would allow me quick trips within the city for a chance to…

Cocido- inspired Stew

Cocido is one of those dishes that has to be served and eaten as a family. It is best when shared and fought over for that last piece of chorizo or beef. The broth is heavenly and brings such comfort to the soul. If I wasn’t…

Make your own Sorbetes!

Kling-kling-kling so goes the sorbetero cart. That is my memory of summers past. Why make your own when you can buy? Because it’s so easy to do at the indulgence you are about to enjoy! And if only to relive your childhood running after Mamang sorbetero…

Adobong Bisaya aka “sinangkutsang adobo”

My husband is an adobo fan–and I mean FAN. He absolutely loves the adobo I learned from my Batanguena mother who uses soy sauce: fall-off the bone tender, lots of garlic with whole pepper corns and bay leaves. Sauce reduced until thick, with a coating of…

Stuffed Tofu

  Tofu/Tokwa is a favourite. It is also low in cholesterol and high in protein. This dish in this case, is a way of lessening meat in the menu which kids won’t notice at all. The thought hit me when I was doing the weekly grocery,…

Arroz ala Cubana- – Arroz ala anumang oras

Contrary to Pinoy dishes which are best served family style, Arroz ala Cubana is practically a plated 1-dish meal. It’s simple yet filling. Plus, it seems to me as economical because you simply add finely diced vegetables like carrots, potatoes to serve as extenders. It’s kid-friendly,too!…

Goody! Ginataang Halo-Halo!

This is the kind of food that I consider, “when-the-craving-hits”.  It reminds me of my childhood… my province…my lolas . This along with nilupak, sinukmani, ginataang malagkit at munggong pula were the homemade merienda delicacies my maternal Grandmother would make for her apos. I love it…

Pinsec Frito- Traditional Chinese dish with a Spanish name

My 15 year-old son had an assignment. His group was to suggest a kind of food that they can serve on International Culture Day. They were appointed to research on chinese food and bring bite-size samples to school. My immediate response was dimsum– –perfect! However, if…